Yet another major American Catholic leader blasts Nancy Pelosi’s deception on Sunday’s Meet the Press, but the MSM refuses to cover what is an unprecedented rebuke of a major American political figure by Roman Catholic hierarchy. Egan’s statement:
STATEMENT OF HIS EMINENCE, EDWARD CARDINAL EGAN CONCERNING REMARKS MADE BY THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Like many other citizens of this nation, I was shocked to learn that the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States of America would make the kind of statements that were made to Mr. Tom Brokaw of NBC-TV on Sunday, August 24, 2008. What the Speaker had to say about theologians and their positions regarding abortion was not only misinformed; it was also, and especially, utterly incredible in this day and age.
We are blessed in the 21st century with crystal-clear photographs and action films of the living realities within their pregnant mothers. No one with the slightest measure of integrity or honor could fail to know what these marvelous beings manifestly, clearly, and obviously are, as they smile and wave into the world outside the womb. In simplest terms, they are human beings with an inalienable right to live, a right that the Speaker of the House of Representatives is bound to defend at all costs for the most basic of ethical reasons. They are not parts of their mothers, and what they are depends not at all upon the opinions of theologians of any faith. Anyone who dares to defend that they may be legitimately killed because another human being “chooses” to do so or for any other equally ridiculous reason should not be providing leadership in a civilized democracy worthy of the name.
Edward Cardinal Egan
Archbishop of New York
August 26, 2008
UPDATE: Mike Allen and others interviewed Pelosi today, and she was apparently not asked about her attempt to deceive the public about the Church’s position on abortion and this unprecedented criticism from American Catholic Church leaders in response. For easy reference, here’s a link to the statement blasting Pelosi from Cardinal Rigali and Bishop Lori and here’s the statement from Archbishop Chaput and Bishop Conely.
It is remarkable that this story hasn’t made it into the MSM –which means either the MSM doesn’t pay attention to the Roman Catholic leadership or that they are covering for Pelosi and her abortion extremism, and by extension, Obama’s.
Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl, citing the teaching responsibility entrusted to bishops, issued a statement late Monday that read, in part: “Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable.”